Yarrabilba school officially blessed

Yarrabilba’s St Clare’s Primary School has been officially opened and blessed at a special ceremony on July 27.

The blessing was attended by Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Monsignor Peter Meneely, Father Jon Conway, Father Tony Girvan, Sister Catherine White and Brisbane Catholic Education executive director Pam Betts.

Principal Chris Thomas said it had been fabulous to welcome so many honourable guests to the service.

“To have so many people here who had a part in making this school what it is today, I just have to thank you all,” he said.

“We have been operational for just over 100 days and we have 122 students here, but we are growing everyday.

“Being foundation principal and hosting this blessing is one of the best things to happen so far.”

Archbishop Mark Coleridge said the blessing of a school was a celebration for both the students and teachers as well as the surrounding community.

“It not only is my duty to be here, but it a sincere pleasure to open this new school,” he said.

“I have a sense of great pride to follow the journey of St Clare’s.”

BCE executive director Pam Betts said the school was the first St Clare’s in the diocese.

“It is just great to be celebrating the first 23 weeks of this new school,” she said.

“It is also fitting that we are hosting today’s blessing in Catholic Education Week.

“God has shone his light on us today.”

Federal member for Wright Scott Buchholz and state member for Logan Linus Power both assisted in the unveiling of the school’s opening plaques.

St Clare’s Primary School welcomed foundation students through the doors in January.